Program Schedule for 2020
All events will be held at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Clubhouse unless otherwise noted.
All programs are conducted by, or in cooperation with, the Schuylkill County Department of Parks and Recreation.
Oder deadline-Wednesday April 1st
Pick up date- Saturday, April 25th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Please pick up the seedlings you ordered. Pick up will be located at the Large Pavilion by the Clubhouse. The Schuylkill County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer all questions.
Every Monday (except holidays) from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5.00 per class
Contact Denise for more details
****What’s invading my Backyard?: Spotting the Spotted Lanternfly
Wednesday March 18th at 6:00 PM in the clubhouse
This session will include information on the introduction and biology of the invasive Spotted Lanternfly. Also included will be the potential hazardous effects of this species on the environment, economy, and our quality of life. Methods of control will be covered in the presentation. Presented by Kyle Schutt the Insect Management Technician for the Schuylkill Conservation District. The program length could vary from 30min – 60 min with time for questions.
****How to use a Map and Compass to Navigate the Outdoors
Sunday, March 22nd from 2 pm to 4 pm. Meet at the large pavilion near clubhouse.
Even in today’s high-tech world, your smartphone will only get you so far. Enjoy learning how to use map and compass to navigate in the woods. Learn basic, old school survival skills while every outdoor adventurer or casual walker should know. You will experience hands-on practice using a map and compass. Learn how a compass works, what type of compass is best for your needs, and how to plan a route. You will leave more confident exploring the great outdoors! A great program for scouts, youth, beginners and outdoor experts. The program will be presented by experience outdoorsman and retired forester Frank Snyder.
Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions. This program is free and open to the public. All ages and skill levels are welcome!
This program is sponsored by the Schuylkill County Conservancy.
****Break the Ice County Dance
Friday, March 27th from 6:30 – 10 PM in the Clubhouse
Put a spring in your step by learning to line dance, followed by warming up the clubhouse by dancing the night away with DJ Barryations .
Beginner Line Dance Lesson 6:30 – 7: Open dance 7 to 10 PM
Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Clubhouse, Pine Grove
Admission: $6 at door; Refreshments available.
For information call Susan at 570-624-3018
****Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Days
March 28th in the Regional Opening Day Counties (this includes Schuylkill) and April 11th, 2020 Statewide.
The current plan is to stock Sweet Arrow Lake on that Saturday (details on the stocking not yet finalized).
To participate a youth (less than 16 years old) must obtain a Mentored Youth Fishing Permit or a Voluntary Youth Fishing License and be accompanied by an angler 16 years of age or older who possess a current Pennsylvania Fishing License and Trout/Salmon Permit. YOUTH ANGLERS are permitted to keep two (2) trout with a minimum size of 7 inches. ADULT ANGLERS are permitted to fish but ARE NOT PERMITTED to keep, catch, kill or possess trout. Fishing is permitted on all Stocked Trout Waters except those under Special Regulations. Keep in mind that it is NOT PERMITTED to keep, catch, kill or possess trout on waters that are not Stocked Trout Waters (the season is still closed on these waters).
Information on the Mentored Youth Fishing Program is available on the Pa Fish and Boat Commission website
****Tree Planting Workshop
Sunday, March 29th, 2-4 PM at the Waterfall Pavilion/Dam Breast Area
Learn how to choose the right tree for the right location at your home or business. Also learn some general guidelines on planting trees to increase your success rate. Workshop is hosted by Master Gardener Kathy Townley. This program is free and open to the public.
****Bruce ‘I Go Fishing’ Schneck Memorial
2020 Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
Year-Round Fishing Event
(This event replaces the Family Fun Fishing Event)
Coordinated by the Friends of Schuylkill Parks and Recreation (501c3) and Sportsmen’s Advisory Board with assistance from the Sweet Arrow Lake Park Board, Swatara Co-op Trout Nursery, Trout Unlimited and the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation. Registration deadline will be opening day of trout season, April 4, 2020.
A total of $10,000 worth of Trout, including 150 Lunkers will be stocked for Mentored Youth Fishing Day and four other times on Friday afternoons April 17, 24th and May 1 and 8th by the committee. See other side for tag information, etc. The Swatara Co-op Trout Nursery will also be stocking trout. In addition, the Fish and Boat Commission also stocks for Youth Mentored Day and opening week.
Top Prizes will be $1000, $500 and a $750 ‘lifetime maintenance’ reel from Innovative Reel Technologies and will be tag specific. Thirty trout and a few crappie will have tags worth $100 cash each. Deadline for submitting tags to A&A Bait shop will be day before opening day of trout in 2021. Tags not redeemed will be added to 2021 event.
100% of registration fees and any cash donations will go towards event. This is not a fundraiser. Registration income will determine amount of fish stocked and how many $100 money fish get stocked in the future. The future of this event is up to YOU! A lunker costs over $20 and other trout about $3 each.
Clip and return to A&A Bait Shop or Mail to: Craig R Morgan, 1537 Panther Valley Road, Pine Grove, PA 17963. Checks payable to “Friends of Schuylkill Parks and Recreation”.
$15 per person 16 and over. Under 16 free.
****Community Sunrise Service at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
6:30 AM Easter Sunday Morning, April 12th, 2020 at the point amphitheater in front of the Clubhouse.
Easter Devotional, Live Music. Everyone is Welcome
A breakfast will be served at no charge following the service.
The Pastor of the Pine Grove Wesleyan Church will lead the service. This event is free and open to the public. Call 570-345-8422 for additional information.
****Sweet Arrow Sojourn
Saturday April 18th, 10am – 11am, meets at Waterfall Parking Lot.
“Porcupine Pat” leads us on this adventure featuring a jaunt around the park that includes some nice scenes of the water. Meets at the Waterfall Road parking lot of Sweet Arrow Lake County Park. All ages welcome!
****SALCA Plant Swap
Saturday May 16th @ 6pm at the Waterfall Pavilion
As you are working in your garden, pot up extra plants, label them and bring them to the plant swap. Bring your extra plants from dividing or seedlings and swap for an equivalent number of different plants. Includes flower, herbs, veggies, house plants, trees/shrubs, grounds cover, and bulbs/tubers. Please label using popsicle sticks, recycled plastic spoons and forks, or tabs cut from plastic milk jugs or plastic clamshell strawberry/fruit boxes. Questions call 570-345-2637.
****Swift Water Awareness and Basic Kayaking
Saturday May 16th , 9-11:30 AM, at the Boat Launch Area
Registration Required- Call Susan at the Diakon Social Services at 570-624-3018
We will cover requirements in PA for small non-powered boats. Basic kayaking skills, identifying natural and manmade water hazards. How to properly don a personal flotation device. Review techniques for self-rescue in moving water.
This course is for people who wish to start kayaking/canoeing in local lakes and rivers in PA. It is just an overview no equipment is required.
This course is offered in conjunction with the SHFD Dive, Rescue & Recovery Team. Donations benefit Diakon & the Schuylkill Haven Dive Team. $20/donation
****American Indian Spiritual Beliefs
Sunday May 17th, 2-4pm at the Large Pavilion by the Clubhouse
Learn about American Indians’ Spiritual Beliefs through the retelling of stories, and demonstrations of cultural items. The program is hosted by Dave “Big Owl” McSurdy and is free and open to the public.
****Canoe and Kayak Rental Concession
Opens at the Canoe Launch near the Clubhouse on Memorial Day weekend, May 23rd.
Canoes, Kayaks, Rowboats. $10.00/hour, $17.00 for two hours, $25.00 for 3 hours, $40.00 for 4 hours.
Canoes and rowboats seat up to 3, kayaks seat one. PFD and paddles are supplied.
Saturday, Sunday, Memorial Day Monday, July 4th and Labor Day Monday Only. Watercraft available on a first come first serve basis.
Times are 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
On weekends after 11:00 AM call 570-345-3537.
Last rental is at 6:00 PM. All boats must be returned by 7:00 PM.
Rentals will be made if weather and lake conditions permit and staff is available.
Disc Golf Rentals- Same location and hours as boat rentals. $20.00 deposit/rental returned when 3 discs are returned.
**** Fish for free at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
Sunday, May 24th and July 4th
Some things in life are free. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission allows anyone, resident or non-resident to fish without a fishing license. It is the perfect way to reacquaint yourself to the sport or introduce someone young or old to a lifetime of the sport of fishing. Fish-for-free days are held twice a year and apply to all waters of the Commonwealth. All other fishing regulations still apply.
****Memorial Day Concert
Monday May 25th 6-8pm at the Large Pavilion
M & J Big Band will perform at the Large Pavilion on the grounds of the Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Start the summer off right with some great music. Everyone enjoys the annual performance of the “Big Band” at Sweet Arrow. This outdoor concert is free and open to the public and is part of the Sweet Arrow Arts in the Park Program sponsored by the Sweet Arrow Lake Conservation Association. Please bring lawn chairs. (In case of rain, this concert will be reschedule on Friday, June 5th @ 6pm.) For info call 570-345-8952 (leave a message)
****WILDLIFE DAY CAMPS:
(Camps to be held in the pavilion near Clubhouse)
•Wildlife Day Camp-1 (children from ages 4-6) from Tuesday, June 23 to Thursday, June 25 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. •Wildlife Day Camp-2 (children from ages 7-9) from Tuesday, June 23 to Thursday, June 25 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Eagles, animals, trees and water are just some of the backdrop that can make for a great summer outdoor program. Children are naturally curious and enjoy exploring and learning about plants and animals especially at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park in Pine Grove.
Your child can register for one of two outdoor camps to be held for children ages 4-9. Two camps are offered and include: Day Camp-1 (children from ages 4-6) from Tuesday, June 25 to Thursday, June 27 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. or Day Camp-2 (children from ages 7-9) from Tuesday, June 25 to Thursday, June 27 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.
The camps will be led by “Porcupine Pat” McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District and are being run on a “donation only” basis. “We want to make the camps available to all children regardless of ability to pay.” “You can pay for one day or all three days, whatever you decide is fine.” The focus of each camp is learning about wildlife, insects, plants and will include fun activities designed to stimulate curiosity and natural awareness. These camps are sponsored by the Snayberger Memorial Foundation and the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation. All campers must be pre-registered and you can do so by contacting “Porcupine Pat” at the conservation district at 570-391-3326 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
****Pow Wow – PA Dutch Folk Medicine
Wednesday, June 17 from 7:00 – 8:00p.m. in the Clubhouse
Pow wow practitioners served rural folks with ways to heal common maladies. Learn more about the history of this practice and discuss techniques and hear of some personal stories from those who were treated. “Porcupine Pat” of the Schuylkill Conservation District will shed light on the pow wow tradition and its importance to the rural lifestyle and elaborate even further on its history and practices. This program is in conjunction with Diakon Social Services for Seniors.
Fee: $5.00 per person.
****Stargazing at Sweet Arrow Lake
Friday, June 26th from 9:30-11:30 PM at the Waterfall Pavilion
Join Jeri Jones of Jones Geological Services for a night of stargazing in the park. Several telescopes will be set up to show the Moon, including the Apollo 11 landing site, galaxies, star clusters, nebula, and double stars. Constellation identification will also be demonstrated as well as several satellites will try to be spotted. Rain date is Saturday June 27th.
**** Annual 4th of July Concert in the Park
Saturday, July 4th. Concert begins at 6:00 PM.
Enjoy the Patriotic Sounds of the Pine Grove Community Band. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the concert at beautiful Sweet Arrow Lake County Park.
Come early and take a walk on the boardwalk and trails. Enjoy the view of the falls, do some fishing, boating or spend some time simply relaxing in the Park.
The concert begins at 6:00 PM and is free to the public.
****How Indians Communicated without Electricity
Sunday July 12th, 2-4pm at the Small Leadership Pavilion at the Waterfall Parking Lot
If Indians did not use sign language or smoke signals, how did they relate to each other in different ways? Learn about Indian communication methods with Dave “Big Owl” McSurdy. Children will also make a Petroglyph Rock to take home. Repeat participants welcome
****Yoga for All Ages
Wednesday, July 15 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Waterfall Road pavilion. Young people from ages 8+ and seasoned folks (my age…60+). “Porcupine Pat” will show postures like the Tree, the Bridge, and the Warrior. Bring a big towel or a yoga mat.
****Sweet Arrow Splash
Saturday, July 18 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. meet at Waterfall Parking Lot
A good way to cool off and also better appreciate the aquatic critters in a creek study of the Upper Little Swatara Creek. Join naturalist Mike Centeleghe for a water adventure in search of mayflies, crayfish, water pennies and more! Meets in the Waterfall Road pavilion parking lot. Recommended for ages 6+.
****Wee Ones Walk—Autumn Adventure
Saturday, October 3 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Meets in the Waterfall Road parking lot
Heighten your child’s natural curiosity during a sensory nature walk with “Porcupine Pat” of the Schuylkill Conservation District. The walk focuses on colors, textures, shapes, sounds and smells found in nature. Recommended for children ages 3 and above.
Sunday, November 15th from 2- 4 pm. Meet at the large pavilion near clubhouse.
Develop your stewardship skills in caring for woodlands including the trees, wildlife, and water resources. Learn how to properly prune a branch from a tree, select trees for home heating fuelwood while leaving the best for wildlife and timber, rejuvenate mature apple trees back into production, and many more easy to do and practical stewardship tips that you can use on your property. The walk and how to demonstrations will be conducted by Frank Snyder, retired forester and certified arborist.
Be sure to dress for the weather. This program is free and open to the public. All ages welcome!
Program is sponsored with the Schuylkill County Conservancy.